Land Use

West Davis Highway 

On September 29, 2017 the U.S. Department Transportation issued their Record of Decision approving the West Davis Corridor, a highway that spans the western portions of Davis and Weber Counties from Farmington to Clinton, Utah. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake was involved in the scoping and comment periods for the project:

Click here to read the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Cooridor

Click here to read comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Corridor.

Promontory Point Landfill

landfillLocated on the shore of Great Salt Lake, Promontory Point Resources owns and operates the Promontory Point Landfill. The Landfill began construction this past year as a Class I Landfill – meaning is can only accept in-state waste. The Landfill is permitting to accept over 380 million tons of Utah’s waste.

This year, Promontory Point Resources submitted an application to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a Class V landfill, in order to accept and dispose of industrial waste from out of state. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is concerned with the potential for the Promontory Point Landfill to release of toxic contaminants into Great Salt Lake. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake and our partnering organizations: Utah Audubon Council, Utah Airboat Association, Utah Waterfowl Association, Great Salt Lake Alliance, GSL Audubon, Western Resource Advocates, South Shore Wetlands & Wildlife Management, Inc., League of Women Voters of Salt Lake, National Audubon Society, Utah Sierra Club, HEALUtah, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Utah Rivers Council, residents and business owners from Box Elder County, and our organizing partners, the Great Salt Lake Institute, Weber State University, and Utah State University hosted three public information meetings to discuss Promontory Point Resources, LLC Landfill and its application with the State Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control for a Class V waste permit -- a permit specifically designed to accept waste from out of state. 

A Class V permit would allow the company to receive California Hazardous waste, which that state defines as "waste with a chemical composition or other properties that make it capable of causing illness, death, or some other harm to humans and other life forms." Waste would also include coal ash from throughout the West and Midwest. Coal ash, or as Utah calls it, Coal Combustion Residual, is the byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. Depending on where the coal is mined, it can contain an array of dangerous toxicants, including arsenic, lead, mercury, antimony, and boron. The landfill would also be able to accept special wastes and small quantity generator hazardous wastes, such as low-level infectious waste, heavy metals, solvents, and a variety of organic compounds like PCBs. 

Located on the south west tip of the Promontory Peninsula on the north shore of Great Salt Lake, the landfill operation brings great potential risks to the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem, a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network Site for millions of migratory birds, and to the $1.3 billion in revenue that the Lake generates annually to the State of Utah.

You can read more in the Winter 2018 FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake newsletter. Learn about this important issue and its long term implications to Great Salt Lake and all Utahns.   

Click the following link to the RDCC website for comments that were submitted on the proposed Class V permit request by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the Utah Geological Survey office in the Department of Natural Resources for the latest on the Promontory Point Landfill.  Click Here 

To access the full Needs Assessment from Promontory Point LLC, click here.

To access the Landfill DWR GRAMA documents, click here.

To access comments submitted to the DEQ, click here. 

To access Promontory Point LLC's request for relocation of two downgradient monitoring wells, click here. 

To access the DEQ consultant's report, click here.

Click here to access the Letter From Carbon County Board of Commissioners.

Click here to access the Letter from East Carbon's Mayor, Douglas Parsons.

Past Stories

The Shared Solution is a Better Alternative to the West Davis Freeway

The Shared Solution is a Better Alternative to the West Davis Freeway

20 August 2013

As part of a growing coalition of organizations and citizens, FRIENDS is working with others to ensure that UDOT gives the Shared Solution alternative a full and fair analysis as an alternative to the West Davis Freeway. It’s a better way to plan for future population growth, reduces air pollution and protects precious farmlands, wetlands and communities.

Interview with Roger Borgenicht of Utahns for Better Transport

Keep raising your concerns, doubts, and misgivings about the West Davis Freeway

30 July 2013

Comments are pouring in about the proposed route of the West Davis Corridor, and highway officials on Friday promised the Utah Transportation Commission they will study all seriously — including a "no freeway" alternative pushed by some environmental and community groups.

The Utah Department of Transportation told the commission it has received about 680 formal comments since May when it unveiled its preferred route for that freeway, which would essentially become the northwest expansion of Legacy Parkway through Davis and Weber counties.

While federal rules require a 45-day public comment period, UDOT extended that to 90 days, which ends Aug. 23.

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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake is a unique place in the Western Hemisphere because large concentrations of birds visit there… The disappearance of Great Salt Lake wetlands could mean the disappearance of whole species of birds.

    Gonzalo Castro, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network